Come to think of it, I missed breakfast. I was getting hungry, I thought absentmindedly as I lay in bed.
My phone, which I had left by my bedside, shook.
I quickly picked it up and found a message on the lock screen.

[Are you still sleeping? Can we have lunch at a pork cutlet shop? I’m going to go shopping with your dad now.]

It was my mother.
I let out a sigh. –I was so disappointed in myself that I couldn’t help but laugh.

[I’m up. I’m looking forward to lunch! See you later]

I quickly operated my phone and sent that. Then, I noticed that my finger wandered over the screen …… and displayed the talk screen with Kouki.
There was a family photo of each other. It was taken on the day of our junior high school graduation and sent to each other. It was the last …….

I clutch my phone tightly.

Originally, I did not keep in touch with Kouki frequently. I didn’t need to keep in touch with him. Because I could see him. Since I was a child, it was natural for me to meet and talk with him. I didn’t have to cling to my phone, all I had to do was go see him.
So I didn’t think anything of it when I didn’t hear from Kouki. Until now, …….

I threw my phone on the bed and buried my face in the pillow.

Ten days – not a single word from Kouki. I didn’t even get a message that said, [You haven’t been coming lately, what’s up?] I didn’t receive a single message.
It’s my first time……. I’ve never seen him like this before. Kouki doesn’t think anything of it. He’s fine.
–I lost the key and realized how fragile our relationship was.
How fragile was my relationship with Kouki, How one-sided it was. If I didn’t go to see him, that was the end of the relationship. It was a relationship that ended there. It is so easy to take …… not seeing each other for granted.

“Well, It’s natural…”

Muttering to myself, I look up from my pillow and look at Hampenman.

“I’m just [in the way] now, right?”

Kouki has someone she loves, and I’m sure she’s preoccupied with that girl – Sada-san – at the moment. There is no room for me. Kouki probably doesn’t even realize that he hasn’t seen me for 10 days. Even if he did, he might be praying …… that I don’t come to his house anymore.
The image of his backside, wearing an unfamiliar bathrobe, hugging Sada san’s shoulder as he leaves, comes back to my mind.

[It’s too late, Honami chan.]

I thought I heard his voice even though I should have woken up from the dream.

* * *

After a while, I heard slamming, hurried footsteps and talking from the first floor – I must have forgotten something – and the sound of the front door opening and closing repeatedly echoed through the house. Soon, it was quiet, and I could hear my phone trembling somewhere in my bed. It was probably a message from my mother saying, “I’m off” I was too lazy to look at my phone anymore, so I left it there …… and got out of bed.

I’m sleep deprived, hungry, and my heart is a mess. In times like this, …… sweet things are the only way to go. I’m sure I have some of my mother’s treasured extra large chocolate chip ice cream in the freezer. I would be scolded if I ate it without permission, but I don’t care anymore.
I didn’t know that I’m the type of person who gets burnt out when heartbroken. I’ve never eaten anything like that before. I’ve never been in love or had my heart broken ……. So I don’t know what to do. The only thing I can think of is to eat.
I stagger down the stairs in my pajamas and open the door to the living room.

“If I get fat, it’s Kouki’s fault.”

I snickered and muttered to myself, and at that moment–

“Why is that?”

Such a voice echoed in the living room, which was supposed to be empty. It was a voice that sounded like a dazed ……, but it was not a dismissive voice, but a friendly, warm voice – it fit nicely in my ears.
I looked over and saw a familiar figure on the couch across from the TV. His heavy bangs had grown a little longer. But he still had the same silky black hair. His calm face is mature, not manly, but dependable.

“You’re talking to yourself like that? How much do you have against me?”

With that, he stood up and walked over.

“Ah …… don’t go in there without permission!” I continued as if in a panic and came to a stop in front. “I was about to press the intercom when aunt came out and let me in. She said she’d call you too, but from the looks of it ……, you didn’t notice, did you? Don’t tell me you were asleep the whole time?”

He chuckled, but his gaze was too kind as he looked at me. He pauses a little awkwardly and then says with a bit of embarrassment, “It’s been a long time, Honami. ……”
Hot feelings overflow from the depths of my heart.
I can’t take it anymore. I can’t hold it any longer.

“Kouki ……,” a clinging, self-pulling, weak voice leaked out, and tears welled up in my eyes. “—-You’re not wearing a bathrobe.”
“Eh, Bathrobe…!? Wait, no…why are you crying—”

I couldn’t stand it.
Nothing had changed, because the same Kouki was right in front of me. He was still within reach and calling my name.
Without thinking, I jumped into Kouki’s chest.

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Kanzaki riku
Kanzaki riku
1 year ago

Oy oy